School Supply Drive for the Austin Safe Place


For all of you who donated school supplies for Safe Place, give yourself a pat on the back. You really did a good job. The picture doesn’t tell the whole story. You can see that the back of Sandy’s SUV is full but what you cannot see is that the back seat was also full. It took two big rolling carts to get our donations into the building. There were smiles on the children’s faces as they received their brand new school supplies.

At the Guild’s Holiday Party, members were asked to donate can food to be given to the Capital Area Food Bank. As an extra incentive, each member was given a ticket for every 5 can goods donated. The winner for going the extra mile for helping with this Community Outreach project was Karen Sanchez.

The Capital Area Food Bank representative told Cheryl Earp, the Guild donated enough food for 187 meals.

BIF photo1b-0136The Bead Bunch chose to participate in an outreach project called Bead-It-Forward in 2015 which benefits two breast cancer research foundations ( We are happy to share with you our final contribution!

Fourteen members of The Bead Bunch contributed 54 animal-themed squares which have been sent off now to the Bead-It-Forward project headquarters! We ended up with 7 ladybugs, 6 owls, 6 bees/beehives, 5 spiders, 4 bunnies, 3 chameleons, 3 longhorns, 3 fish, 2 horses, 2 parrots, a panda, a bear, a dragonfly, a seal, a whale, a butterfly, an octopus, a pig, a giraffe, a crab, a cat, a monkey, and a frog but no partridge in a pear tree!

Contributing members were Sue Cary, Linda Connors, Natalie England, Inez Eppright, Cindy Hambrick, Leslie Howell, Noelle LaBrecque, Pat Lauer, Jana Long, Sandy Parker, Barbara Terry, Barb Vinson, Nancy Wallace, and Carol Wallin. Thanks to everyone who participated! It was for a good cause and was fun to do!

Cough Pillows2-2008Since the year 2000, the Georgetown Satellite has made and donated hundreds of
Cough pillows for surgery patients at the St. David’s Hospital in Georgetown. This community outreach project has become an annual tradition during the month of August at the Georgetown Satellite meeting.

In April 2015, the Austin Stitchery Guild donated 50 gently used/new purses to the Handbags for Hope a community outreach project with the Travis County Sheriff’s office and the Texas Advocacy Center. This project enabled children to pick a purse for their Mom to give them as a Mother’s Day gift.


Past Community Outreach Projects:

In 2010-11, the South Central Region is continuing its community outreach program, Bookmarks for Literacy. Each year participating chapters from around the region send their stitched bookmarks to the June annual meeting, which are then given to the chapter sponsoring the region seminar (that will be ASG in 2011). The receiving chapter selects the literacy group to receive the bookmarks. Since we will be the beneficiary of this program, our ASG board is encouraging members to participate by beginning now to stitch one or more bookmarks (our goal is 100 bookmarks). You may use any design you already own, or one of the many free designs that can be found on websites. Please choose a design that is literacy or book oriented, or animals, nature, etc., rather than religious, since we don’t know yet which local group or groups will receive them.

From 2011-2014, ASG provided stitching kits to the Temple VA Hospital for families and soldiers to stitch while staying with loved ones. The Board recognized that many of our members enjoy stitching items to donate to special causes. This is how the ASG members stitched close to 500 kissing pillows that were given to deploying soldiers from Fort Hood and Camp Marby.